This exhibition reviews Chris Killip's work (Douglas, Man's Island, United Kingdom, 1946), fundamental figure of the documentary photography, where, since the 70’s initiates a new route: the portrait of the working classes in full process of disappearance of the great industry that had created and supported them from beginning of the 19th century. The exhibition includes 107 pictures that gather daily scenes of the life in the North of England between 1968 and 2004. For the artist it is not a question of showing the historical experience, but to reflect the real life.
The work of Chris Killip depicts the dismantling of the European industrial world during the second half of the 20th century, underlining the precarious conditions affecting a large part of the working class, seen with particular harshness in the 1980s. Chris Killip belongs to the generation of photographers who started out in photojournalism or, in the case of Killip, in advertising photography, and then forged an independent path starting in the 1970s, thanks to their engagement with the changes occurring in society and their decisive use of the camera as a political tool. Influenced by photographers such as Lewis Hine and Paul Strand and by the worker-photography movement, Killip recovers the documentary image through long observation of daily life, recorded in books and extensive photographic series.
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Organised by: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in collaboration with Museum Folkwang, Fotografische Sammlung
Curator: Ute Eskildsen
Coordinated by: Patricia Molins
Itinerary: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (February 4th – April 15th, 2012)